Messi curses at Va­len­cia fans who threw ob­jects at Barca

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LIONEL MESSI de­liv­ered a foul-mouthed tirade to­ward Va­len­cia fans who threw ob­jects at Barcelona play­ers near the end of Satur­day’s game.

Barcelona trailed 2-1 in the se­cond half but fought back to win 3-2 with Messi’s stop­page-time penalty in front of the home supporters.

As Messi and his team­mates cel­e­brated the Blau­grana’s win­ner, a bot­tle was thrown from the home supporters’ Curva Nord stand into the cen­tre of Barcelona’s hud­dle.

Ney­mar and Luis Suarez were both hit by ob­jects and fell to the pitch, lead­ing Messi to con­front the fans and pump his fist.

Af­ter be­ing briefly pulled away by team­mates, Messi re­turned to de­liver what ap­peared to be mul­ti­ple curses at the fans for their ac­tions.

The Barcelona play­ers es­caped se­ri­ous in­jury, as did Paco Al­cacer, a former Va­len­cia player who was ear­lier hit in the face by a bag of sun­flower seeds.

Barcelona coach Luis En­rique was keen to play down the events af­ter the game, lim­it­ing him­self to say­ing: “We’ve cel­e­brated a goal as you have to cel­e­brate a win­ning goal against a ri­val that’s made things so dif­fi­cult.”

Va­len­cia man­ager Ce­sare Pran­delli said he did not see the in­ci­dent. — ESPN

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